UK broker Simpson Spence Young (SSY) has promoted the youthful Bulgarian Stanko Jekov to managing director of its dry cargo operations. He succeeds Mark Carlisle, 55, who has retired after 25 years with the firm to pursue other interests outside of shipping.
Jekov, 34, has been an executive partner of SSY since 2014 and has managed the Oslo office since 2009, after relocating there in 2005. Jekov now has overall responsibility for dry cargo staff in London, Oslo, Zug, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Shanghai, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne and Miami.
Jekov moved to Norway as a boy because of his father’s job in shipping in Scandinavia. He went on to study maritime business with maritime law at Plymouth University in the UK before first serving a summer internship with SSY in 2001. He joined the broker full time the next year and has ever since focused om the handy/supra market. He became a partner in 2010 at the age of 28.